The Mediating Effect of Information and Communication Technology Usages on the Nexus Between Assistive Technology and Quality of Life Among People with Communication Disability

Ali, Mohammad Afshar ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0831-9046 and Alam, Khorshed ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2232-0745 and Taylor, Brad (2020) The Mediating Effect of Information and Communication Technology Usages on the Nexus Between Assistive Technology and Quality of Life Among People with Communication Disability. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 23 (5). pp. 338-345. ISSN 2152-2715

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Abstract

The present study aims to investigate the mediating effect of ICT on the nexus between quality of life and assistive technology among people with communication disabilities. Using a national–level disability survey data in Australia, this study employs a series of causal mediation models based on counterfactual framework for mediation analysis. The results indicate that about 61% to 73% of the impact of assistive technology on quality of life among people with communication disabilities is mediated through ICT use. Furthermore, it is evident that the degree of communication impairment partially moderates the impact of ICT–enabled assistive technology on quality of life. The findings of the study have several practical implications. Firstly, this study indicates that better integration of assistive technology with ICT will enhance the quality of people with communication disabilities. The second broad recommendation is that improved accessibility with affordable high-speed broadband Internet can deliver services that people with disabilities need.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 02:05
Last Modified: 06 May 2021 22:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information and communication technology; assistive technology; , quality of life; communication disability; causal mediation analysis.
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080702 Health Informatics
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420308 Health informatics and information systems
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2019.0598
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39845

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